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Myanmar Coup

Australian adviser to Suu Kyi detained in Myanmar

Move marks first known arrest of foreign national since coup on Monday

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says on Feb.6 that Canberra is "deeply concerned" about reports that an Australian national has been detained in Myanmar.   © Reuters

SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday Canberra is "deeply concerned" about reports that an Australian national has been detained in Myanmar, days after a military coup.

Local media identified the Australian as Sean Turnell, an economic adviser to Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"We have called in the Myanmar ambassador and registered the Australian government's deep concern about these events," Payne said in a statement, adding there were concerns over reports that other foreign nationals had also been detained.

Turnell reportedly told Reuters in a message he was "fine and strong, and not guilty of anything." However, he was subsequently unable to be contacted.

The Australian's arrest is reportedly the first known arrest of a foreign national in Myanmar since the military detained government officials, including Suu Kyi, and seized power from the ruling National League for Democracy on Monday.

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